Monday, December 19, 2005

Cal State Sacramento--Sensitive and Secular

From CNSNews with a hat tip to Robert Conner on Right Nation.

An administrator at Cal State Sacramento has declared the holidays of Christmas and Independence Day as being religiously discriminatory and ethnically insensitive. In a memorandum to others in her office she declared that

"Time has come to recognize that religious discrimination, as well as ethnic insensitivity to certain holidays, is forbidden."
The e-mail memorandum was sent on December 9th, the text of which has been confirmed through the university.

The memo specifically names Christmas, Thanksgiving, Halloween, Valentine's Day, the 4th of July, St. Patrick's Day and Easter as the most offensive holidays, but Sonntag adds that they are "off the top of the list," implying that there may be others.

She wrote that the ban was being implemented "in order to avoid offending someone else" because Sacramento State is "a secular university and we are a public service area that has a diverse employee and student populations [sic] even in our private offices."
It used to be that universities were a place to go to have the mind exercised and stretched to new limits. It seems now that at least some believe this growing must be done in a way that doesn't offend anyone.

I have heard it said that when you stand for everything, in effect you stand for nothing. This sort of policy achieves the same end by making certain to stand for nothing from the get-go.

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